WE HAVE RE-OPENED

Our community has been through a lot over the last couple months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your health and safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority of our dental practice, and you may have seen that we take great pride in this. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep the patients, staff, and the ones we come in contact with in our daily lives safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

Here are some new changes we have made to ensure your safety:
  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office, and we will be taking your temperature. Based on your answers and if your temperature is 100.4°F or higher, we will need to reschedule your appointment.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. Similarly, please limit the personal belongings that you bring inside to your appointment.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients when possible. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment. Please respect the social distancing requirement of 6 feet where practical.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time. To that end, please consider calling from your car to check on the status of the reception area and be on time. Also, please come alone to your appointments. If needed, one guardian/caretaker is permitted, but they must remain in the reception area.
  • Please arrive with face masks/coverings for they will be required at all times for both patients and staff when appropriate.
  • An antiseptic mouth rinse will be used just prior to treatment for the health and safety of all. Where possible, expect changes in how we do certain procedures to eliminate or reduce the spread of aerosols and splatter during treatment. For example, for now we will be temporarily eliminating ultrasonic tools and teeth polishing during your teeth cleaning appointments until further notice.
  • Clear sneeze guard barriers between you and our front desk personnel will be used to aid in social distancing, and we ask that we all limit our conversations to what’s necessary to limit contact time. More regular and frequent sanitizing of high touch areas and items will be done for your health and safety. This includes door and other handles, light switches, countertops, etc.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 415-752-8311 .

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.

Sincerely,
Dr. Leo Arellano

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Dental implants give Daly City a natural solution to tooth loss

Dental implants near daly city

More than 178 million people in the U.S. are missing one or more teeth according to statistics released by the American College of Prosthodontists. Whether teeth have been lost due to decay, trauma, disease, or other reasons, it is important to replace them promptly. In addition to affecting the beauty of the smile, missing teeth can affect clear speech and efficient chewing, and can cause jawbone loss.

Although a partial denture or dental bridge can be used to replace missing teeth, dental implants are favored by both dentists and patients because of the benefits they provide.

  • Life-like – A dental implant is as strong and stable as a natural tooth. A restored dental implant functions, fits, feels, and looks like a natural tooth, and it has the same strength and stability.
  • Long-term solution – Dental bridges usually require replacement after five to seven years, and partial dentures require periodic adjustment or replacement. Dental implants provide long-term restorations, they can last a lifetime with proper placement and good care.
  • Protect bone – When a tooth is missing, the bone that supported it begins to erode due to lack of stimulation. Dental implants transfer the pressure of biting or chewing directly to the jawbone, stimulating the bone to regenerate itself and retain structure and strength.
  • Protect facial contours – Tooth loss and the ensuing bone loss can give the face a sunken look. Dental implants replace the missing tooth and maintain the bone, preserving the natural contours of the face.
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  • Protect existing teeth – A dental bridge is supported by crowns placed over the teeth adjacent to the gap from a missing tooth. The supporting teeth are reduced significantly to accommodate placement of the crowns. A partial denture can contribute to plaque buildup, and therefore, periodontal disease or cavities, if not cleaned regularly and properly. A dental implant is a standalone restoration that does not affect the neighboring teeth.
  • Predictable – Dental implants have a high success rate, and they are considered more predictable than removable appliances or bridgework.

Dr. Leo Arellano and his team provide a wide range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental services to the people of Daly City, San Francisco, and the surrounding areas. Call 415-881-4343 to schedule an appointment today.